Books with an asterisk (*) are especially recommended or were core texts used in creating this guide.
Visual Literacy, Perception, and Creativity
This is a general category. Some of these books are relevant to more than one of the categories that follow it.
Apkon, Stephen. The Age of the Image : Redefining Literacy in a World of Screens. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013. * (Especially recommended)
Barry, Ann Marie Seward. Visual Intelligence : Perception, Image, and Manipulation in Visual Communication. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1997.
Carr, Nicholas. The shallows: What the internet is doing to our brains. norton paperback. reprint ed. W. W. Norton & Company; 2011.
Cozolino, L. J. (2013). The social neuroscience of education : optimizing attachment and learning in the classroom. New York: W. W. Norton.
Cozolino, L. J. (2010). The neuroscience of psychotherapy : healing the social brain (2nd ed.). New York: W.W. Norton & Co.
Ewen, S. (2008). PR!: A social history of spin. Basic Books. An excellent history of how media messages have been used to influence attitudes and behavior.
Franck, Frederick. The Zen of Seeing: Seeing/drawing As Meditation. Vintage Books, 1973.
Lessig, Lawrence. Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy. New York: Penguin Press, 2008. Addresses issues related to intellectual property and the remixing of images and other media.
Williams, Rick., Newton, Julianne Hickerson. Visual Communication : Integrating Media, Art and Science. New York: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2006.
Rico, Gabriele L. Writing the Natural Way : Using Right-brain Techniques to Release Your Expressive Powers. Los Angeles, Calif.: J.P. Tarcher.
Sacks, Oliver. (1998). The man who mistook his wife for a hat: And other clinical tales. Simon & Schuster.
Golombisky, Kim, and Rebecca Hagen. White Space Is Not Your Enemy : A Beginner's Guide to Communicating Visually Through Graphic, Web & Multimedia Design. Amsterdam ; Boston: Focal Press/Elsevier. *
See also Patterson (2004) under "Photography" and Block (2007), Mercado (2011) and Mascelli (1965) under "Movies and Video" below.
Cartier-Bresson, Henri. The Mind's Eye: writings on Photography and Photographers. Ed. Michael L Sand. New York, N.Y.: n.p., 1999. Widely recognized as the father of modern photojounalism.
Eisenstaedt, Alfred. Eisenstaedt's Guide to Photography: A Studio Book. Viking Press; First Edition, 1978. A classic.
Orwig, Chris. Visual Poetry. New Riders, 2009. Helpful advice for people getting started in photography.
Patterson, Freeman. Photography and the Art of Seeing : A Visual Perception Workshop for Film and Digital Photography. Toronto, ON: Key Porter Books, 2004. A highly respected fine art photographer.
Peterson, Bryan. Understanding Shutter Speed : Creative Action and Low-light Photography Beyond 1/125 Second. New York: Amphoto Books, 2008.